“With more than 40 vendors and a day filled with local arts and entertainment, it’s sure to be a day the whole family can enjoy, said Marylynne Winslow, director of the parks department. “It’s just a fun time to be in the park.”
Vendors will sell such items as doll clothes, handcrafted toys and jewelry, purses, wood crafts, hair accessories, Native American jewelry, soaps and skin care products and compact discs. Groovy Guy Fries, Whiskey River BBQ, Vonda’s Elephant Ears, Mrs. Curl’s Ice Cream, Heine’s World Famous Roast Beef, Crysta Gude Cupcakes and Kettle Corn will sell food.
The Southport Artistry Committee’s Artists in Action contest will get under way at 11 a.m. Participants – ages 16 and older – will have to create their masterpieces during the festival and must furnish all their supplies. Any medium is acceptable, and registration runs through the start of the contest. A panel of judges will determine the winner, who will receive $200; second- and third-place finishes will be rewarded $100 and $50, respectively.
The fair opens with music from Southport High School’s choir, which will be followed by the Clinton Young Elementary choir.
Free shuttle service will be available every 15 minutes from Southport United Methodist Church, 1947 E. Southport Road, Southport Heights Christian Church, 7415 McFarland Road and Bethel Memorial Church, 2810 E. Southport.